Sugar Glider HPW Diet - High Protein Wombaroo Recipe
In my opinion, the HPW diet (short for High Protein Wombaroo diet) is the easiest diet to make and most closely mimics what sugar gliders eat in the wild. Here is the HPW Recipe we use to make the food for our sugar gliders.
2 cups warm water
1.5 cups honey
3 scrambled eggs
1/4 cup High Protein Wombaroo Powder (if you have a breeding pair with a nursing or lactating female, increase the amount of HPW Powder to 1/2 cup for the female's HPW Diet)
*1 TABLEspoon Australian Bee Pollen (or American Bee Pollen)
Cook eggs, set aside. (Easy microwaving instructions below.)
In large bowl mix water and honey. Stir until honey is dissolved.
Add in HPW powder, mix well.
In a blender add in eggs, bee pollen and 1/2 to 1 cup HPW liquid mixture. Blend for two minutes.
Add in additional liquid and blend for another two minutes.
Pour into a freezer safe bowl with an airtight lid. Keep in freezer. HPW will freeze to consistency of ice cream.
If this is your first time following the recipe, you will notice that some of the ingredients for the HPW Diet are "exotic". You can find the High Protein Wombaroo Powder and Australian Bee Pollen (or American Bee Pollen) in our store.
1.5 TEAspoons of HPW per glider
1 TABLEspoon of mixed fruits
1 TABLEspoon of mixed veggies
Mealies for treats
Gliderade once or twice a week
Feed in the evening close to the time your gliders wake up. Remove the food in the morning, so your gliders don't try to snack on the leftovers during the day (you don't want them eating fruits and vegetables that have been sitting out all night).
You can cook the eggs in the microwave - it's faster and less cleanup. Just make sure to use a tall plastic cup and mix the eggs up really well. Microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until they're done.
The final HPW Diet mixture will be runny and a bit foamy at the top. This is normal.
If you have two gliders, double the recipe to 1 TBSP HPW, 2 TBSP fruits, & 2 TBSP veggies.
The calcium:phosphorous ratio of HPW is 1.29:1. Try to select fruits and vegetables that will keep the overall ratio of the complete diet at 1.5-2:1. For HPW Diet made easy, check out the SSG Complete HPW Diet. This will show you examples of which fruits and veggies yield a good ca:ph ratio for sugar gliders, when combined.
If using frozen fruits and vegetables, I recommend thawing them in the microwave, cutting them up into small pieces, then mixing the HPW mixture in with them. The HPW will thaw quickly when you mix it in. HPW mixture does NOT need to be microwaved.
Australian bee pollen is different from American bee pollen. I recommend Australian bee pollen as this is what the sugar gliders eat in the wild, but many feed American and their gliders do well with it.
If you are doubling the amount of HPW powder for a nursing female, it is ok to have the other cage-mates eating the same batch with the increased amount of powder.
Gliders are messy with their food. Try putting their food dish inside of a "glider kitchen". This can be a plastic (ferret) igloo on top of a plate or an upside-down plastic container with a hole in the side. This will help keep the mess and the cage smell down and make cleaning the cage MUCH easier.
We use this water silo to serve our Gliderade. It works really well and is easy to clean.
If you need to feed your gliders a few hours early, prepare the diet without thawing the fruits and vegetables. It should be thawed out by the time they wake up.
High Protein Wombaroo Diet is one of the approved sugar glider diets designed to be fed as a main course.
HPW is designed to be a complete diet (when following the feeding instructions above. A dry staple food is not required to supplement this diet, but can be used during the day in case your sugar gliders wake up and need a snack.
This diet was created by Peggy Brewer. It is a modification of the PML Diet